BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A woman in critical condition and a local attorney is charged with attempted homicide after a shooting at his home in northeast Bakersfield.
On June 12, at about 4 a.m., Bakersfield Police Department officers were called to the home in the 1200 block of Telegraph Avenue after a man called 911 and told dispatchers, 'My wife has been shot.'
When officers arrived, they spoke with 58-year-old Mark Joseph Madrigali and detained him. Officers said they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her chest inside the home.
The woman, whose identity hasn't yet been released, suffered moderate-to-major injuries and was taken to Kern Medical Center.
Madrigali was later arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail for attempted homicide and spousal abuse.
Investigators said the shooting may be tied to domestic violence. Neighbors told 23ABC News the couple had engaged in loud fights in the past and had to be separated on several occasions.
Bakersfield Police can't release the victim's name because of privacy reasons. Police also won't confirm whether Madrigali and the victim are married, but neighbors say the victim was possibly his ex-wife.
23ABC asked Bakersfield Police why someone accused of shooting an ex-wife would make the call to authorities.
"It could be any number of reasons that they feel some sort of guilt, some sort of remorse when they do something. In domestic violence situations it's not uncommon for both parties to call," said Sergeant Joe Grubbs with the Bakersfield Police Department.
This investigation is continuing and anyone with information is urged to call the BPD at 327-7111.